May 11, 2021
Pastor Scott Boerckel
Being Rooted in Scripture is one of three vital signs that we have established as a church to measure our Seeking to be Worshipers, Maturing in Christ. We’d like to share some resources which will help you on the journey to becoming Rooted in Scripture.
These resources will specifically help you in three areas: the study of the Bible on your own, learning about the basic overview of the Bible and its books, and discovering how to memorize scripture. Let’s take a look at recommended resources for these three areas of becoming rooted in scripture.
Learning to study the Bible on your own.
Knowing how to study the Bible on your own is something that your elders believe is important to becoming rooted in scripture. It is not enough to be taught well. A mature believer must be able to study the Bible themselves.
This is a link to teaching you the inductive Bible study method:
The Inductive Method of Bible Study: The Basics by Kay Arthur
Here are some books which you may find helpful in learning how to study the Bible:
Howard Hendricks and William Hendricks, Living by the Book; The Art and Science of Reading the Bible
If you want to know how Howard Hendricks taught generations of Dallas Seminary students how to study the Bible, he put it all here.
Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Study the Bible for All Its Worth
This book is unusual in that it shows how to study the various styles of literature in the Bible.
Hans Finzel, Unlocking the Scriptures
This is an easier version of the Hendricks’ book above, written by a former student of Hendricks.
Learning about books of the Bible in an overview format
The ability to identify the sequence of major events, persons, and themes in Scripture is another area that our elders believe is important in order to be rooted in scripture.
The Bible Project
One of our keys to maturing in Christ by being Rooted in Scripture is the ability to recall, from memory, key verses of Scripture and explain why those verses are important. Here are the verses that your elders have identified as important to memorize, which we are memorizing this year as a church family:
1 John 1:9
1 John 5:14-15
Psalm 119:9, 11
You should know about this great scripture memory app: This can help you stay on track in your scripture memory. We have our own page on this app. You can find it here. This webpage will also give you a link to printable verse cards for each Verse of the Month.
The book “How to Memorize Scripture Quickly and Easily” by Jacob Friedman may be helpful, if you want to learn some techniques for memorizing scripture.
There is of course much more to becoming Rooted in Scripture. We will bring more resources in becoming Rooted in Scripture the next time that our Oak Leaf emphasizes this vital sign. For now, these resources should help you in becoming Rooted in Scripture by learning how to study the Bible on your own, by understanding the basic overview of the Bible and its key themes, and by learning to memorize scripture. May you find joy in the journey!